Necking It

Necking It

It was the last night which was rammed and ultimately got a little bit too hot for me as everyone was jostling around in each other’s sweat at Martin Margiela’s former studio space in Kings Cross.   I didn’t stay long but beforehand, I did get the chance to choose between various necks. 

On my Saturday shopping spree (I say spree…. in reality it just meant that I had bought something seeing as I’ve had scant time for shopping…), I bought a cream satin dress/top thingy that took the form of a cape but had sufficient slits in the front to formulate a dress from by the designer Orphan (so up and coming are the labels that 172 stocks that most alas don’t have sufficient internet presence so I can’t even research further…).  The cape dress itself has a wonderful neckline going on with a padded edge that always makes me think of Jetsons attire and a cut out pattern.

Still for the usual complex/complicated difficulties that I like to create for myself, I couldn’t leave it alone and so lined up a neck option.  My KapowWow lilac ruff which I can’t get enough of…

Yesterday, the zipper collar which the talented of , landed on my desk wrapped up in a pretty blue Marimekko box.  It is quite possibly the best use of supposed ‘mundane’ materials I have seen in a long time and probably the most skillfully done too as the zips are sewn together in such a way that really takes advantage of the actual form of the zipper.  It’s also quite a weighty thing too.  So in the end I did have two neck options to go with even though I had intended to go with the ruff.  From sad/sweet clownish outfit avec the lilac ruff to something tougher with the change of a neck just goes to show the range of possiblities of neck pieces.

In the end though, I decided to go with the former option.  It was a casual ‘necking Peroni’ kind of party anyway.  I also want to explore the zipper collar a bit further before wearing it out.  Plus, who first  introduced me to was there whom I was chuffed to finally meet in person.  Plus, Roisin Murphy whom Clare styled in a video with KapowWow was also at the party… see it’s all symbolic and stuff…


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  1. Sarah

    2008-08-01 at 12:00 AM

    The zippers look amazing, I can’t wait to see what else you put together to wear with it.

  2. Valentina

    2008-08-01 at 12:37 AM

    Roisin Murphy is love, she makes my heart sing.
    Your zipper collar also makes me very happy.

  3. Lady Smaggle

    2008-08-01 at 12:49 AM

    I want the zipper collar SO BADLY!!!

  4. giancinephile

    2008-08-01 at 1:15 AM

    interesting neck pieces!
    you can always prove that the mundane can end up as something dramatic!

  5. Fashion Tidbits

    2008-08-01 at 1:36 AM

    totally awesome! neckpieces are so much more intriguing than scarves or other neckwear, i reckon

  6. arabelle

    2008-08-01 at 4:10 AM

    that zipper collar must way a ton.. in fabulousness.

  7. enc

    2008-08-01 at 4:36 AM

    I love the weight of that neck piece. Zippers out of context intrigue me.

  8. zmicheala

    2008-08-01 at 5:29 AM

    i am now going to investigate this person that made it for you
    why oh why am i not more crafty?
    (crafty in the DIY sense, not the sinister sense)

  9. Austere

    2008-08-01 at 8:51 AM

    Fantastic “necking” options! The zipper collar is insane.

  10. Carl Starling

    2008-08-01 at 9:01 AM

    Loving the cape dress, 172 is an amazing shop, but alas it is usually out of my price range! I love her zipper neck pieces, I WANT ONE.

  11. charlotte

    2008-08-01 at 9:30 AM

    Amazing outfits ! I love the last one, with the metal-satin mix… it gives me a lot of ideas ! Thanks !

  12. Suzanne

    2008-08-01 at 10:10 AM

    Great outfits! I’ve got new inspiration! Thank you!

  13. Daiane

    2008-08-01 at 10:15 AM

    that zipper collar is ao amazing!

  14. Make Do & Mend

    2008-08-01 at 10:27 AM

    Love the zipper neck piece – it must weigh a ton!

  15. Make Do & Mend

    2008-08-01 at 10:27 AM

    Love the zipper neck piece – it must weigh a ton!

  16. Make Do & Mend

    2008-08-01 at 10:27 AM

    Love the zipper neck piece – it must weigh a ton!

  17. Make Do & Mend

    2008-08-01 at 10:27 AM

    Love the zipper neck piece – it must weigh a ton!

  18. Make Do & Mend

    2008-08-01 at 10:27 AM

    Love the zipper neck piece – it must weigh a ton!

  19. lady coveted

    2008-08-01 at 11:02 AM

    i was going to say… wow you got the zipper collar? that’s really amazing!

  20. Blue Floppy Hat

    2008-08-01 at 12:12 PM

    Both neckpieces are fantastic- but I’m most amazed by the zipper collar, it’s gorgeous! PS: Do the backs of the zips on the neckpiece rub against your neck? I’m most curious..

  21. Elliott James Sainsbury

    2008-08-01 at 12:15 PM

    That zip collar is AMAZING!! So good to see it in reality!!

  22. ROHIT

    2008-08-01 at 1:39 PM

    you are fantastic!!!
    a kiss for you, my dear friend!
    god bless u dear
    can we exchange our link
    r u ready to do?
    i hope you will add me or visit at my blogs.
    i have added you on my blogs and i hope you will add me also on your blogroll.

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  23. Laia

    2008-08-01 at 2:52 PM

    that zipper collar is AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING
    i think it will haunt my dreams.

  24. Prêt-à-Porter P

    2008-08-01 at 2:53 PM

    wow that zipper piece is pretty cool! does it have belt potential??

  25. OutsaPop

    2008-08-01 at 3:12 PM

    I´m so happy you all like my nacklace :))
    I have tried my own zip necklace also as a belt. Looked great! The thing is that this piece is sewn together all round so squizing myself in it was a bit difficult… I have to figure out a fastening system (maybe a shorter zip sewn into the mix) that could be opened and closed to make dressing up easier. Hmmm. There¬¥s development potential here 🙂
    The necklace is all canvas in the back so the zipper ends won´t rub to skin.

  26. D

    2008-08-01 at 3:17 PM

    Beautiful in a Serpentine way. Outi is very talented.

  27. fashionherald

    2008-08-01 at 4:43 PM

    that zipper collar is fantastic, but both look great with the cape-dress.

  28. AngieMontreal

    2008-08-01 at 5:43 PM

    It’s amazing how much a single accessory can totally change the look of the outfit. I’m really drawn towards the zipper one, however I just want to grab and squish the ruffle. So basically I’m saying both are incredibly appealing to me!

  29. Allure

    2008-08-01 at 9:22 PM

    The zipper collar is impressive!

  30. Nico

    2008-08-01 at 10:42 PM

    What is “necking peroni”? Urbandictionary was no help.

  31. Rowena

    2008-08-01 at 11:15 PM

    The zip necklace really is as good as I suspected…fabulous.

  32. a dreamer

    2008-08-02 at 2:15 PM

    the zippers are so amazing. i can’t get my head around how it’s put together/

  33. Cammila

    2008-08-02 at 5:24 PM

    I don’t mean for this to sound cheesy or hyperbolic, but your ability to skillfully combine complex items in such a tenuous area as the neckline really does amaze me. I have enough trouble picking out a necklace that doesn’t compete with my collar.

  34. susie_bubble

    2008-08-02 at 8:40 PM

    Camilla… the cream satin probably helped a bit in being able to support the wonderful zippered collar….
    Nico: Peroni is a brand of beer…. and ‘necking’ means to drink a whole bottle of something all in one go…. usually used with beer… so e.g. ‘I necked that whole bottle of Kronenberg…’

  35. gilda

    2008-08-03 at 1:40 PM

    hi susie!! that zipper thing that outi made for you is gorgeous!! i love it. hopefully i can find a nice bag of pink zippers so i can start on my own project!! i’ve been wanting to do it forever and looking at those she’s made just made me want one even more (because i sure can’t afford junya’s). can’t wait to see it in more of your outfit posts!

  36. vernagold

    2008-08-03 at 4:03 PM

    Oh my goodness,the zippers are the most fabulous thing I have seen in ages! I’m in love(or should that be lust?)

  37. Elli

    2008-08-03 at 5:10 PM

    WOW WOW WOW to that amazing zip necklace!

  38. fashionispoison

    2008-08-04 at 2:05 AM

    this is such an amazing piece. you totally deserve it!

  39. Imelda Matt

    2008-08-04 at 10:44 AM

    explore away but please don’t keep us waiting too long…

  40. sophie stiletto

    2008-08-05 at 3:02 PM


  41. ambika

    2008-08-06 at 9:50 PM

    That collar is so ridiculously amazing. I’m envious.

  42. Jael

    2008-08-08 at 2:12 PM

    I’m so in love with neck pieces. becca and I both wrote about them this week. I really want to try making one of those zipper collars.

  43. Jen Preston

    2008-08-11 at 1:06 PM

    Looks a lot like thw work of Kate Cusack…hmm……

  44. ricmanveac

    2009-10-15 at 8:41 PM

    combined instead tonne induce growing sun

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